Designing a website that tracks current events
Providing information about current eventsThe purpose of this type of website is to provide information about current events. This website structure is most often dedicated to dispensing news and commentary but should also elicit user interaction from your visitors. You don't have to be an international correspondent or work in a national news room to webmaster a news website. In fact many blogs are just that, a news site that covers current events and the webmasters and visitors views on the news.
Stay current on the news of the dayTo be a successful webmaster of a news website you must stay current on the news of the day. This can be quite a challenge. But, if you love to keep up on the latest news and are an avid reader of current events you are ready to start a news website.
Producing a news story doesn't end there it should lead to an ongoing conversation between you and your target audience. The internet provides the vehicle for citizens of the global village to let their voices be heard. Even the giant news organizations realize this and strive to get their readers involved in the news through feedback forms and personal comments.
Provide for visitor feedbackProvide a way for your visitors to get their thoughts and opinions published on your website. See them as reporters covering a story and utilize their input just as a large news organization would. Non journalists, the public sector, are eager to share their slant on news items that interest them. Give them a platform on which to express themselves and other citizens will follow.
News as a conversationGet your audience to speak up, to contribute more of their thoughts and knowledge to the public conversation, and to realize that the news they read is not just about absorbing what's published, but also the venue for news, information and opinion that they can produce themselves.
Today's online news consumers are used to talking back and asking questions, so let them. You should allow people to comment freely on what you publish. Ask for user comments in the story. Get in the habit of posing questions at the end of a story, or asking readers to share their experiences or knowledge about the topic. Provide a link to your comments page for their feedback.